Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester Travel through time! From horse bus to Metrolink... the story of Greater Manchester's public transport.
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If you fancy a really interesting, unusual and enjoyable day out, why not pay a visit to the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester? It's just like taking a trip back in time as you wander through one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. Your amazing time-travelling journey will take you all the way from an elaborately painted Victorian open-top horse drawn bus, to the streamlined prototype of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram. In between you'll be able to see and sit in fascinating vehicles that range from early trams, trolley buses and even the 'charras' that took Greater Manchester folk on their outings to the coast and countryside. The museum is located within a genuine bus garage and features transport offices preserved like time capsules from the past, complete with original decor and furniture. There are also lots of smaller memory-joggers like old ticket machines, uniforms, timetables and photographs.

Operating as usual

For 'Thursday Throwback' this week we're in Mersey Square, Stockport, watching the 306 to Chorlton pass the 'Mersey Tave...
03/09/2020

For 'Thursday Throwback' this week we're in Mersey Square, Stockport, watching the 306 to Chorlton pass the 'Mersey Tavern' - it's now called the Chestergate. Apparently it was a 'fork and cask house' - presumably that meant they served food!

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester's cover photo
01/09/2020

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester's cover photo

We're preparing to reopen our museum weekends only from 26 September, so we're taking the opportunity to refresh some of...
01/09/2020

We're preparing to reopen our museum weekends only from 26 September, so we're taking the opportunity to refresh some of our displays including a bit of socially-distanced bus washing. VY957 was new in 1929 so it's lovely to give this grand old lady a gentle clean.

Being closed for six months has hit our finances really hard - if you can make a donation to fill the gap, please go to our fundraising page at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

ANNOUNCEMENTAt last! We’re pleased to announce that we’ll reopen from Saturday 26 September. We’ve been working behind t...
01/09/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT

At last! We’re pleased to announce that we’ll reopen from Saturday 26 September. We’ve been working behind the scenes to get ready, and we’re going to ask for your cooperation in helping to make our reopening safe as well as enjoyable for you, our staff and our volunteers.

Opening hours will be the same as previously, 10 am to 4.30 pm; but until further notice we’ll only open at weekends with no opening on Wednesdays.

At the time of writing, the wearing of masks is compulsory in museums so so you'll need to wear one unless you're exempt. This also applies to children from the age of 11.

We’ll only be able to accept parties of up to six, with no more than two children per adult. Our tea room offering will be restricted and we’ll prefer card/contactless payments where possible. We also won't be able to allow visitors to board buses for a while.

Any events that we had planned before the end of September have been cancelled, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can about our planned events for the rest of this year.

Meanwhile we’ve been working behind the scenes to make sure the museum is safe, with one-way systems in some areas; and also we’ve been improving the museum displays. We don’t want to say what we’ve been up to just yet, but we have a couple of new things to see that we hope you’ll like.

So it’ll be great to see you back with us again. Being closed for six months has hit our finances very hard - we estimate we've missed at least £60,000 - so if you can, please support us either by buying from our online shop at www.motgmshop.co.uk or donating to our fundraising page at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

You can find out more about our reopening on our website at www.motgm.uk.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our 'Monday Mystery' gives you the chance to help us with photos where we don't know where they were taken. For this wee...
31/08/2020

Our 'Monday Mystery' gives you the chance to help us with photos where we don't know where they were taken. For this week's photo we're pretty sure it's in Salford, probably Broughton, about 1975. But as for where... The modern flats glimpsed in the background might be a clue. Can you help us?

We're hoping to open safely by about the end of September so we're refreshing some of our displays. We've given our 1992...
30/08/2020

We're hoping to open safely by about the end of September so we're refreshing some of our displays. We've given our 1992 Metrolink ticket machine a coat of teal paint and we're improving the part of our museum that talks about what destination blinds are and how they're made.

Being closed has been very hard on us financially - we've had no public income coming in, but plenty of bills still needing to be paid! So if you can help bridge the gap, even a little bit, please visit our fundraising page at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

While we're closed we've used 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. This week it's an unusual item - a deta...
29/08/2020

While we're closed we've used 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. This week it's an unusual item - a detailed model of the back of a Manchester bus, 60cm tall. It was used by the insurance team to show exactly where every handrail and mirror was to check and defend platform accident claims.

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Cateaton Street, Manchester, with buses to Flixton and Bury waiting for us. T...
27/08/2020

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Cateaton Street, Manchester, with buses to Flixton and Bury waiting for us. This area was devastated in the IRA bomb attack of 1995 and if we stood here today we'd find Selfridges on our right and Manchester Arndale straight ahead.

Here's something we're pleased to see! The wood-and-iron wheels on our 1890 horsebus were very tired, they'd never been ...
25/08/2020

Here's something we're pleased to see! The wood-and-iron wheels on our 1890 horsebus were very tired, they'd never been repaired for many decades, but a generous donation allowed us to get them repaired by a specialist craftsman and they're now back on the bus ready for our reopening.

Each week our 'Mystery Monday' shows you a pic where we don't know where it was taken and we're looking to you to help. ...
24/08/2020

Each week our 'Mystery Monday' shows you a pic where we don't know where it was taken and we're looking to you to help. This week it's a photo of an old North Western bus but we don't know where. Is the building in the background a clue?

We've started work with just a few volunteers to go to our museum to make preparations to reopen safely - we'll make an ...
23/08/2020

We've started work with just a few volunteers to go to our museum to make preparations to reopen safely - we'll make an announcement as soon as we can, but we hope to be open before the end of next month. As part of our preparation it looks like our guys have cracked open a few paint tins to freshen up some of the displays...

Being closed has hurt us financially. If you can help, even a little bit, please visit our fundraising page at buff.ly/2zJeTT2.

We're getting closer to reopening safely but in the meantime 'Saturday Showoff' brings our collection to you. This week ...
22/08/2020

We're getting closer to reopening safely but in the meantime 'Saturday Showoff' brings our collection to you. This week it's Manchester 4632, a 1963 Daimler.

Being closed has hit our finances really hard: if you can, please make a donation to help at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

The pic for 'Throwback Thursday' this week is one of our favourites. We're in Bolton and we love the pram, the cobbled s...
20/08/2020

The pic for 'Throwback Thursday' this week is one of our favourites. We're in Bolton and we love the pram, the cobbled streets, the Bobby on point duty and not forgetting the almost-new Corporation 'Atlantean' bus. And if you tire of all that, Lawrence of Arabia is on at the Odeon!

Fun fact: when painting a bus, it's legal to kill anyone who says "you've missed a bit" so long as you keep hold of the ...
18/08/2020

Fun fact: when painting a bus, it's legal to kill anyone who says "you've missed a bit" so long as you keep hold of the brush throughout and can demonstrate to a judge that in fact you hadn't missed a bit. #NotReally

At the moment we're using our 'Monday Quiz' slot to ask a question where WE don't know the answer! This pic outside a Be...
17/08/2020

At the moment we're using our 'Monday Quiz' slot to ask a question where WE don't know the answer! This pic outside a Beswick Co-Op shop is lovely, but help us out - where exactly is it?

Please don't say 'Manchester', we guessed that bit... :-)

We've said it before and we'll say it again - the teams behind our public transport are heroes. And not forgetting the N...
16/08/2020

We've said it before and we'll say it again - the teams behind our public transport are heroes. And not forgetting the NHS staff who are still working to treat those who are ill. Thank you all!

Because we're closed we're having 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. But this week we're combining it wi...
15/08/2020

Because we're closed we're having 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. But this week we're combining it with news - Manchester 3245 on the right here has been returned from offsite storage in preparation for us reopening safely soon. We photographed it with its friend 3228, which is stored at the same place.

Being closed has hurt our finances badly - if you can, please consider making a donation to our funding appeal at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal .

For 'Throwback Thursday' this week we're at the junction of Princess Road and Barlow Moor Road, about 1950 - you can see...
13/08/2020

For 'Throwback Thursday' this week we're at the junction of Princess Road and Barlow Moor Road, about 1950 - you can see the corner of Southern Cemetery in the background. It's fair to say it looks a little different today!

We've been closed for five months and it's hit our finances hard. To help, why not buy from our online shop https://buff...
11/08/2020
Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester: Shop

We've been closed for five months and it's hit our finances hard. To help, why not buy from our online shop https://buff.ly/2uuFVIc? It has books, models, retro posters and more to keep you amused.

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Normally when we have our 'Monday Quiz' we know the answer and let you know if you're right. But for the next few weeks ...
10/08/2020

Normally when we have our 'Monday Quiz' we know the answer and let you know if you're right. But for the next few weeks we're going to show pics where we don't know the answer either! We have many photos where we don't know exactly where they were taken - can you help us play detective?

Here's the first one - trolleybus wires are a clue and the bus stop tells us we're in Manchester.

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
09/08/2020

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Deep in our museum, something stirs that hasn't done this for a very long time...We're preparing to reopen safely and ta...
09/08/2020

Deep in our museum, something stirs that hasn't done this for a very long time...

We're preparing to reopen safely and taking the opportunity to give our museum and its buses some TLC. We'll let you know when we have a reopening date.

If you want to support our work and fill the gap in our coffers from being closed, please make a donation at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal

We're working behind the scenes to reopen the Museum but for now we're using 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection ...
08/08/2020

We're working behind the scenes to reopen the Museum but for now we're using 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. This week it's Lancashire United 97, a 1962 Daimler Fleetline and so far as we know, the oldest one still in existence.

Being closed has hit our finances hard - if you can, please donate at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal

For our 'Throwback Thursday' photo this week, we're in Salford's Greengate - it was under the approach to Manchester Vic...
06/08/2020

For our 'Throwback Thursday' photo this week, we're in Salford's Greengate - it was under the approach to Manchester Victoria station and the most generous you could be about it is 'characterful'. It was a damp and gloomy bus terminus for many years, thankfully no longer in use.

From time to time, museums swap items where something doesn't fit their scope or they have duplicates. We've passed on i...
04/08/2020

From time to time, museums swap items where something doesn't fit their scope or they have duplicates. We've passed on items in the past to our friends at The Bus Archive and this week, they kindly donated to us a full set of the 'MPTA' magazine from the 1920s to the 1960s.

If you have items you no longer need, please keep us in mind! To find out more about donating items to us, contact [email protected].

'Monday Quiz' time! Now, the UK's very first bus service was started in Greater Manchester in January 1824, run by John ...
03/08/2020

'Monday Quiz' time! Now, the UK's very first bus service was started in Greater Manchester in January 1824, run by John Greenwood. So the question is, it ran between Manchester city centre and... where?

02/08/2020
DJT 4632

We're working behind the scenes to improve our museum displays and reopen safely as soon as we can - watch this space for announcements on when we can set an opening date but it won't be before September.

In the meantime, being closed has been really hard on our finances - if you can help, please make a donation at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

We're working behind the scenes to reopen our museum safely as soon as possible. But in the meantime we're bringing our ...
01/08/2020

We're working behind the scenes to reopen our museum safely as soon as possible. But in the meantime we're bringing our collection to you in our 'Saturday Showoff'. This week it's Ashton 80, a 1950 trolleybus in the town's lovely colour scheme.

For 'Throwback Thursday' this week it's 1987, it's evening and we're in Stockport bus station. What an evocative image!
30/07/2020

For 'Throwback Thursday' this week it's 1987, it's evening and we're in Stockport bus station. What an evocative image!

If the kids are bored (or you, tbf) then let them play Top Buses! It's our FREE downloadable card game to keep you amuse...
28/07/2020

If the kids are bored (or you, tbf) then let them play Top Buses! It's our FREE downloadable card game to keep you amused and learn more about our collection. You can get it from our website.

http://www.motgm.uk/learning.html

This week's 'Monday Quiz' will either be hard or easy - you'll know it or you won't. But the question is simple - what m...
27/07/2020

This week's 'Monday Quiz' will either be hard or easy - you'll know it or you won't. But the question is simple - what make of bus are we standing on?

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26/07/2020

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
26/07/2020

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

If you follow us on Twitter, you'll know that we're currently running a poll for the 'World Cup of Old Buses'. Last week...
26/07/2020
Museum of Transport (@MoTGM) | Twitter

If you follow us on Twitter, you'll know that we're currently running a poll for the 'World Cup of Old Buses'. Last week some BIG names were knocked out - the mighty Leyland PD2 and the elegant AEC Regent won't be going through to the next round.

This coming week it's round 2 for the bodywork manufacturers - if you want to see your favourite go through, to vote you'll need to have a Twitter account and you should keep an eye on our page at www.twitter.com/MoTGM.

The latest Tweets from Museum of Transport (@MoTGM). We’re temporarily closed but when we’re open we take you back in time to see the history of Greater Manchester’s road passenger transport heritage. Manchester

We're working behind the scenes to reopen the Museum but in the meantime we're using 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our col...
25/07/2020

We're working behind the scenes to reopen the Museum but in the meantime we're using 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. This week it's SELNEC EX30, the very first production Leyland National.

In the meantime, being closed has been really hard on our finances - if you're able to help, please make a donation at www.tinyurl.com/gmtsappeal.

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